Alex McLean

Making music with text

Category Archives: music

Algorithmic Yorkshire

by Alex on April 9, 2014

My new year’s resolution was not to start any new collaborations. Here’s a new collaboration with Ash Sagar aka section_9 (among others): First live date is at the Newcastle Gateshead Algorave on the 26th April. Judging by this first jam session it should be a blinder..

Tidal cycles continued

by Alex on October 11, 2013

I’ve continued with the Tidal cycles project, pushing forward with at least one cycle per weekday, apart from one day when I made a longer recording (to appear on chordpunch soon). All the audio is downloadable and creative commons licensed (CC-BY), check the descriptions for the tweet-sized tidal code for each cycle, and follow on […]

Tidal cycles

by Alex on September 24, 2013

I’ve started a twitter feed called @tidalcycles, with minimal tidal programs and their output. I’ll try to add one a day, but lets see how things go. Here’s the first couple: brak $ let x = “bd [sn [[sn bd] sn]]*1/3″ in interlace (sound $ slow 3 $ x) (sound $ every 3 (append “[bd]*6″) […]


by Alex on September 5, 2013

A quick improv from Sheffield: Here’s the state of my editor at the end: d1 $ slow 2 $ sound “bd [sn sn bd]/2″ let x = density 2 $ striate’ 8 0.75 $ sound (slow 4 $ “[bd bd/4] [ht mt lt]“) in d2 $ stack [every 3 rev $ every 4 (0.75

Things coming up

by Alex on August 18, 2013

I’ve been doing a bit *too* much lately. Still a lot of things on the horizon but hopefully a bit more spread out. So while I contemplate my calendar, here’s some public events I’m involved with: Ongoing: I had a really great time during my residency and although I’m now back from Barcelona, the residency period […]

Death of algorave

by Alex on July 12, 2013

Here’s a room recording of xname and I playing a post-algorave set at Audacious Space in Sheffield. We start making sound from about 4 minutes in. Xname performed using handmade circuits controlled with strobes and other lights. I used my livecoding DSL Tidal, which also sent flashing patterns to a monitor flat on the table, […]